Saptashrungi Devi is a form of Mata Parvati, and contains a famous temple located in a small village near Nashik, Maharashtra. Mata Saptashrungi resides within the seven mountains, similar to Lord Tirupati Balaji, who is also known as the Lord of the seven hills.
In ancient times, the tribal people used to worship the goddess as their kuladevi. There are few hundred steps to reach the temple. Large number Devotees from all parts of India are visiting this holy temple shrine. The temple is one among the 51 Shakti Peethas, and it is believed that in this holy place, Mata Sati’s right arm was fallen.
The hills located around the temple are covered with dense forests, and gives great pleasure to the devotees.
The main deity of the temple is known as Mata Saptashrungi Devi,who is also called as Saptashrunga-nivasini and Saptashrunga-mata. After killing the dreaded demons, Mata Saptashrungi is believed to have resided at this place, and it is considered as the main location of the Goddess.
At the time of Ramayana war, Lord Hanuman visited the holy Saptashrungi hills in search of medicinal herbs to restore the life of Lakshmana, and it is believed that after Lakshmana had brought back to life, he came to these hills and worshipped Mata Saptashrungi Devi.
Rishi Markandeya also is said to have visited this holy place, and worshipped the mother goddess. She is mentioned in Puranas and in several other Hindu divine texts, and her greatness is also mentioned.
Shridi Saibaba would frequently ask his devotees to visit this holy place in order to get the divine mother’s blessings.
Navaratri is celebrated in a grand manner in this temple, and lot of devotees would throng in the temple, to have the glimpse of the divine mother. Every Tuesdays and Fridays are considered as auspicious days for offering pujas to the goddess.
Hence let us visit this holy temple and worship our affectionate divine mother, at least once in our life time, and be blessed.
“OM MATA SAPTASHRUNGI DEVIYE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
“OM SRI VIGNESWARAYA NAMAHA”